Has God Forsaken the Jews?

mar05,ink well, with quillAlong with the mistaken idea that all Jews will be saved, there’s the opposite error preached by some that God has forsaken his chosen people. Had these people read all the passages in the

 

As the Apostle Paul wrote in Romans 9:27 (KJV), “Esaias also crieth concerning Israel, Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant shall be saved:”

There’s also the mention of these people in Revelation 12:17 (KJV) which says, “And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.”

Knowledgeable students will realize that chapter twelve is a recapitulation of Christ’s time on earth. When he was born, Herod wanted him dead but Joseph and Mary took him to Egypt. The flood of waters was the soldiers which were sent to kill all infant boys two years or younger. Christ became the one who was taken up to heaven and will rule all the nations with a rod of iron.

Bible, they’d see that some will indeed be saved. I also mar05a,map, Israel and Juda with surrounding countriesagree with Hank Hanegraaff that The Revelation of John the Divine was written for the seven churches of Asia Minor during the first century, not to twenty-first century North Americans. John wrote the book in a code which only Jews would understand. Therefore many passages allude to Old Testament scriptures as an analogy of what would SHORTLY come to pass.

The utter destruction of Jerusalem was the fulfillment of what Christ prophesied about the people of his generation. Matthew 23:35 (KJV) records him as saying, “That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar.”

Mar05b,Bruce sitting in writing officeThis is such a vast topic that I’ll save the details for my next book called You Think You’re Going to Heaven? People come up with the weirdest ideas from the Bible because they read it literally rather than literately. And as rock singer Larry Norman sang about doubters of Scripture, “I bet they all own a Bible that’s never been read.”

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Why is Openness Theology Dangerous?

feb08, Eve and the serpantI pointed out before how this aberrant doctrine undermines people’s faith in God’s ability to care for them. Sowing doubt in people’s minds is what Satan specializes in.

Genesis 3:1 (KJV) shows how he caused the first two people to doubt God. “Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, ‘Yea, hath God said, “Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?'”

Limiting God is also what the pagans did in this instance from 1 Kings 20:28 (KJV). “And there came a man of God, and spake unto the king of Israel, and said, ‘Thus saith the LORD, Because the Syrians have said, “The LORD is God of the hills, but he is not God of the valleys,” therefore will I deliver all this great multitude into thine hand, and ye shall know that I am the LORD.'”feb08a, man sculpting a god

By believing that God Almighty isn’t as powerful as he is, Openness proponents rob him of his glory and honour. Look at what Revelation 4:11 (KJV) plainly says. “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.”

Likewise, Nebuchadnezzar learned the hard way that God Almighty is the one to whom all honour, praise, and authority belong. He said in Daniel 4:3 (KJV), “How great are his signs! and how mighty are his wonders! his kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and his dominion is from generation to generation.”

I could write much more about how certain peopfeb08b, landscapele limit God while exalting themselves but I’ll save it for my next book called You Think You’re Going to Heaven? If God isn’t all powerful and he doesn’t know the future, it’s pointless to trust fully in him. But since he is and does, we can.

Why is Openness Theology Wrong?

feb05, COINSAs I pointed out previously, Openness Theology claims that God doesn’t know the future. But the Bible shows that he most assuredly does know what is to come.

This belief is blasphemous because it undermines people’s faith in God’s providence. Deuteronomy 7:9 (KJV) plainly says, “Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations;”

But some might claim that it’s merely wishful thinking on our part. Prophecy proves such persons wrong. Look at what was prophesied about Christ. John 19:24 (KJV) shows that no mere mortal could have set up this to fulfil the prophecies about his crucifixion. “They said therefore among themselves, ‘Let us not rend it, but cast lots for it, whose it shall be:’ that the scripture might be fulfilled, which saith, ‘They parted my raiment among them, and for my vesture they did cast lots.’ These things therefore the soldiers did.”

feb05a, Jesus on the cross

And how could prophets hundreds of years before these events have guessed how much money was paid to Judas to betray the Messiah? Matthew 27:9 and 10 (KJV) says, “Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying, ‘And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of him that was valued, whom they of the children of Israel did value; And gave them for the potter’s field, as the Lord appointed me.'”

Matthew 27:35 (KJV) also proves feb05b, hour glasthe impossibility of anybody guessing this. “And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, ‘They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots.'”

I could show many more prophesies of how God foreknew what would happen in the future. I’ll save those verses for my next book. People need to know that God truly does know the future and what he says does come to pass.

What Is Openness Theology?

feb01, question mark in talk bubbleAnother wrong and blasphemous doctrine taught by certain denominations is called Openness Theology. It claims that God isn’t omniscient but is as clueless as we are regarding the future.

As far as I know, there is no scriptural basis for this belief. The Bible is quite clear that God knows everything and has history all planned out.

Isaiah 46:9 and 10 (KJV) explains, “Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand,’ and I will do all my pleasure:”

If God were limited to knowing only what had happened, how could he know his coufeb01a, biblical timeline 1nsel would stand to the end? Since he is eternal, he isn’t limited by time and space as we are.

Psalms 90:2 (KJV) shows that the Lord is eternal and not limited to our myopic view of history. It says of him, “Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.”

Deuteronomy 33:27 (KJV) also declares God’s eternal state of being. “The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms: and he shall thrust out the enemy from before thee; and shall say, ‘Destroy them.'”

I’ll be adding this and many more warnifeb01b, biblical timeline 2ngs of deception in my next book called You Think You’re Going to Heaven? Satan loves to distract those whom he can’t destroy. My hope is that those misled people will be led to safety by God through the work of my hands.

Must Believers Speak in Tongues after baptism?

Pentejan25, map, Act, 2costal and charismatic denominations are inordinately fixated on the gift of speaking in tongues. Those immature believers have become so exercised by the tongues of fire on the apostles’ heads and their speaking in different languages that they miss the much greater miracle of three-thousand people coming to faith in the Messiah.

So, must newly-baptized people always “manifest” the gift of speaking in tongues? I find only one mention in Scripture which says they did. Acts 19:6 (KJV), after some believers were baptized, relates, “And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.”

But Acts 10:42 shows that some spoke in tongues before they were baptized. That incident certainly contradicts the Pentecostal notion of tongues always “manifesting” in the baptismal tank.

The word “tongues” actually means languages. Acts 2:7-11 (BBE) shows that these were actual languages which the apostles spoke. “And they were full of wonder and said, ‘Are not all these men Galilaeans? And how is it that every one of us is hearing their words in the language which was ours from our birth? Men of Parthia, Media, and Elam, and those living in Mesopotamia, in Judaea and Cappadocia, in Pontus and Asia, In Phrygia and Pamphylia, in Egypt and the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and those who have come from Rome, Jews by birth and others who have become Jews, Men of Crete and Arabia, to all of us they are talking in our different languages, of the great works of God.'”jan25a, map, Paul's second missionary journey

Since it’s painfully obvious that nobody today speaks in human languages which they had never learned, Pentecostals claim that the jabbering they do is an angelic language. They get this notion from 1 Corinthians 13:1 (KJV) which says, “Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.”

Paul was using hyperbole to show that deeds without godly love are worthless. And why would angels need different tongues, a.k.a. languages, in the first place? We have our own variety due to the tower of Babel but they never had that happen in heaven.

I could write sjan25b, Bruce sitting in writing officeo much more on this subject but I’ll save that for my next book called You Think You’re Going to Heaven? Performing signs and wonders doesn’t prove one’s salvation. Most folks just can’t understand that we are only saved by grace through faith in Jesus alone.

Must Former Jesus Only Adherents be Rebaptized?

Jan22, baptismTo answer this question, I need to explain that baptism was a public acknowledgement of one’s commitment to follow Christ. The first-century Christians risked their lives doing this because they were willing to follow the Lord no matter what it cost. Even today, being baptized is a death sentence for Christ’s followers in most lands.

When we are baptized, we don’t risk our lives here in North America. Even so, the “Jesus Only” folks believe you’re not saved fully if you’re baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Is this really true? And must people “manifest” the Spirit through speaking in tongues as well?

There’s only one time in the Bible where people were rebaptized. In The Acts of The Apostles, Paul encountered some folks who knew only about the Baptism which John did. Acts 19:4 (BBE) says, “And Paul said, ‘John gave a baptism which goes with a change of heart, saying to the people that they were to have faith in him who was coming after him, that is, in Jesus.'”

But this doesn’t prove that we must be baptized only in Christ’s name as tjan22a, churchhese Pentecostal offshoots claim. Jesus himself said in Matthew 28:19 (KJV) to, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:” That alone should make “Jesus Only” adherents pause and think.

So, should people joining a new church be rebaptized? I believe it’s a matter of conscience. If the person meant their decision to follow the Master, they don’t need to be rebaptized. But if they were christened or baptized without desiring to surrender their wills to the Lord, they should submit to believer’s baptism.

Though I was bajan22b, church with field and treesptized at a cultic house church on December 6th, 1971, I meant it. I also made my commitment to follow Christ a few years previously. And though I didn’t “manifest” tongues, I feel I made my public statement in being lowered beneath the water’s surface and rising out of it.

 

This, and other spiritual matters, will be explained in my next book called You Think You’re Going to Heaven? Too many people falsely assume they’re going there. They need to know the peril they face by not entering through the door of Christ’s atonement on the cross.

Is the Jesus Only Doctrine Dangerous?

Bjan18, Pride goeth before an accidentelieving that Jesus is God isn’t wrong but believing that he’s a manifestation of God is. First off, it denies the obvious truth revealed by the Holy Spirit to the prophets and apostles. Ascribing falsehoods to the Holy Spirit is blasphemy and God takes that sin most seriously.

As I pointed out before, inventing wrong doctrine is a matter of spiritual pride. Even false humility is a form of pride. Colossians 2:18 (BBE) explains, Let no man take your reward from you by consciously making little of himself and giving worship to angels; having his thoughts fixed on the things which he has seen, being foolishly lifted up in his natural mind,

I’ve seen the tendency of losing focus on the gospel happen in many offshoots of Pentecostalism. People become so fixated on signs and wonders that they forget about preaching the gospel. I personally have been in such services where phoney spiritual gifts were elevated while Christ barely got a mention. Those folks only spoke his precious name when they were ending a prayer. They said it as if saying it made the prayer sealed and powerful.

God wants people to repent of their sins and believe in Christ. But these folks who only seek signs and wonders neglect that important command. Hebrews 6:6 (KJV) warns unrepentant believers that, “If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.”

What God seeks is our genuine remorse for rebelling against him and our willingness to surrender our lives to Christ. As we read in Luke 15:7 (KJV), “I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, whicjan18b, weightlifter squirrelh need no repentance.”

Sadly, some people think they’re just when they actually aren’t. That’s why I’m working on a book called You Think You’re Going to Heaven? Like horses, we need to be broken in order for Jesus to fix us for his good work.